Minnesota and Nebraska-Omaha share a lot in common as they face off this weekend at Mariucci Arena. SB Nation Minnesota previews this weekend's series between the two teams, which are each on six-game unbeaten streaks.
Goals by A.J. Michaelson and Tom Serratore were enough for Minnesota Saturday as they survived a treacherous Vermont team in the third period before Nate Condon scored an empty-netter to win 3-1. The Gophers next play Nebraska-Omaha this weekend.
Down 1-0 and facing a 33 second 5x3, Minnesota's penalty kill came through in a way their power play had not this weekend. It sparked the turnaround for the Gophers, who got goals from Nick Bjugstad, Tom Serratore and Kyle Rau to defeat Wisconsin 3-1
The sophomore goalie, making his second start of the season, made 41 saves as Wisconsin held off a potent Minnesota offense and killed two five minute majors. Michael Mersch scored twice for the Badgers while Zach Budish & Erik Haula scored for UMN.
Minnesota is keeping close to what worked last weekend in Anchorage, where the team took 3 of 4 points, with just a couple changes.
Minnesota State freshman forward Dylan Margonari put the Mavericks ahead for good with 3:41 left in the game and JP Lafontaine added an empty netter to beat the second ranked Gophers 5-3 in Mankato to earn a split in their weekend series.
Zach Budish's first goal of the season with 14:20 left in regulation proved to be the difference as Minnesota defeated in-state rival Minnesota State 3-2 Friday. The Gophers matched their season total with all three goals scored on the power play.